I was recently asked to judge a gingerbread house contest at the Reddick Mansion in Ottawa, Illinois. There were fewer entances than last year, but we still saw some genuine creativity. The winner was the ski lodge, but the People's Choice Award went to the church, which had lighted stained glass windows made of melted candy. The large gingerbread playhouse was made by the staff and was shingled with 72 boxes of Triscuits! We judges also had the opportunity to tour the mansion and to learn about its history. It's worth a trip to the mansion just to see the beautiful woodwork, antique furniture and the fireplaces. I've included a photo gallery, with the photos in no particular order.
Fr. Dominic Garramone AKA